Over the Memorial Day Weekend, my daughter (Sarah) brought my 2 grandkids camping for the first time. Sarah grew up camping but has not camped since getting married 6 years ago, her husband hates it. He recently decided that he doesn't like being married either.
Sarah and the kids stayed in my pop-up with another one of our daughters and her friends and I used my Love Bug
. The kids had a blast, running around, getting dirty, playing in the woods and generally just being outdoor kids. The littlest one is only 17 months old but she tried to keep up with her brother and they both were totally worn out every night. They slept like rocks and woke up the next day ready to start over. Sarah was not sure how they would react to camping but it turns out that they liked it so much that they did not want to leave on Monday afternoon. Sammy hid in the camper and told his mom that he doesn't like living in town any more, he wants to camp forever. (My kind of kid.) Sarah (daughter) was trying not to cry but she said that she missed all of the family time outdoors.
I just got off the phone with Sarah and she asked to use my Love Bug
to "camp" in my back yard next week with the kids. She wants to see how to use the camper and relearn how to use Coleman stoves & lanterns and how to get the Love Bug
ready to use. Next month she wants to go to Devils Lake State Park (10 miles away) and try it for a couple of days on her own. If I get the grandkids interested in the outdoors by just loaning out my camper, it is an easy decision to let them use it. I am now in the market for another Fiberglass basket case to repair for the kids and grandkids.
Our back yard is not really normal. Even though we live only 7 miles from town, we have deer, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, owls, pheasants, and even eagles. Last winter a couple of wolves were seen just across the Wisconsin River which is only about 4 miles away.
I have been praying that I could get Sarah and her kids to go camping. My prayers have been answered. PTL